School board candidate: Keith Thompson
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY ” Open communication and the controversial way we pay teachers are some of the big problems on the minds of school board candidates running for election.
Incumbent is challenging Keith Thompson Carrie Benway for District C, representing parts of Edwards.
Thompson says he has some key experience other board members don’t have ” years as a teacher and principal in Eagle County schools.
He moved here in 1986 and became a fifth grade teacher and assistant principal at Minturn Middle School. He was principal at the school for nine years and left in 2000 to become “Mr. Mom” in the family. Missing the world of education, he ran for school board.
Thompson says the voice of an educator is a needed one on the school board, and that’s what he can provide. He has a doctorate in education and administration, provides education consulting and recently had an article published in the American School Board Journal called “School Board Reality TV.”
“Being a former educator, I provide perspective that many other board members can’t provide,” Thompson said.
One of the biggest and most immediate challenges the school district will face is choosing a new superintendent, Thompson said.
Over the past year, the board has done a lot of good things for kids, like start a building a new school for Red Canyon High School students, but has become sidetracked with personnel issues, he said.
“We’ve had a lot of turnover in the district office, I’ll leave it at that. The board has to take some blame for what has happened,” Thompson said.
Other important issues the district will have to face is staying on top of the millions of dollars in construction going on and revamping the Teacher Advancement Program, he said.
Thompson has been married since 1989 and has two sons, one at Battle Mountain High School and one at Eagle County Charter Academy. He enjoys playing golf with his sons and snowboarding.
Staff writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.